Mozilla Africa has announced plans to collaborate with the Nairobi City Government to boost start-ups in Africa.
The tech company committed $300,000 towards Africa Mradi, a programme targeting youths and start-ups in Africa.
Speaking during the signing of the partnership, Alice Munyua, from Africa Mradi affirmed Mozilla’s dedication to supporting tech innovations by Africans.
“Exploring and developing new projects, technologies, and products grounded in open innovation that produce a meaningful impact on the African internet ecosystem is at the heart of our work at Mozilla Corporation,” Munyua affirmed.
Nairobi backs Start-ups in Africa
On his part, Nairobi City Governor Johnson Sakaja affirmed his willingness to partner with Mozilla.
He stated that his government would work to ensure that tech players have equal opportunities to showcase their innovations.
“Nairobi City County Government will be working with Mozilla Africa Mradi in two key areas; in conducting a situation analysis of all our tech-start-ups and to build the capacity of tech innovators in Nairobi City County,” the Governor noted.
Notably, the announcement came ahead of Mozilla Africa Mradi Innovation Challenge scheduled for June 2023 in the Kenyan capital.
According to Mozilla, the Challenge will offer an opportunity for tech minds to showcase their products.
In addition, Mozilla will offer the information and knowledge needed to establish and run profitable start-ups in Africa.
Further, Africa Mradi will be targeting innovations by African youth grounded in the unique needs of African users.
The funding will give priority to innovations aligned with Mozilla’s long-term goal of ensuring a healthy internet connection in Africa.
Noteworthy, continent continues to witness exponential growth in tech and a surge in start-ups that offer solutions to masses.
For example, Fingo Africa launched its pan Africa digital banking services targeting the emerging Generation Z and post-millennials on the continent.